Police log

November 18, 2003

Truck crash slows traffic on Interstate 81

A tractor-trailer overturned Monday morning, disrupting traffic on both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 81, Maryland State Police said.

Police said a 1987 Peterbilt truck driven by Ransom Gale Nash, 49, of Westernport, Md., was entering I-81 off the eastbound ramp from Interstate 70 when a tire on the rig blew.

Nash lost control of the truck, which overturned on the median, blocking traffic in both directions.

According to emergency dispatch records, no one was taken to a hospital for injuries.

Men sought in store robbery

Hagerstown City Police were looking for two men in connection with a robbery at Wayne's Country Store on West Washington Street, according to a release.

Police were called to the store at 1020 W. Washington St. on Saturday at 5:43 p.m. for a reported robbery in progress. When police arrived, a store cashier said two men had just robbed the store.


The cashier told police two men entered the store, and one said he would shoot her if she did not hand over cash. The man motioned that he had a gun, but if so, it was covered by a jacket, police said.

After taking money, the men ran through a back alley.

Police said the man who indicated he had a gun was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt underneath a silver or gray jacket. Because the hood covered the man's face, witnesses could not describe the man's age or skin coloring.

A second man was described as having light-black skin, a mustache, and wore all black clothes.

Police ask that anyone with information about the robbery call investigators at 301-790-3700, ext. 234 or the Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Man faces charges after traffic stop

The Hagerstown Police Department arrested a Silver Spring, Md., man Friday in connection with a traffic stop and subsequent drug seizure.

Police charged Marion Lewis, 26, of 3323 Tea Garden Circle, Apt. 103, with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana and one count each of possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute a narcotic and removing/altering required label, court records say. Records say police stopped a Ford Taurus, being driven by Lewis, in the 300 block of West Washington Street.

Police allege Lewis was in possession of multiple pills, later identified as Oxycotin, as well as $860 in cash, a bag of marijuana and a plastic bag of crack cocaine. Police allege the bag of crack cocaine was found on Lewis' person during an officer's search.

Lewis bond was set at $75,000 during his bond hearing in Washington County District Court Monday.

Lewis was being held Monday evening at the Washington County Detention Center, a detention center spokeswoman said.

Argument leads to charge for brother

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An argument between two brothers early Monday escalated with one getting a rifle before things cooled down, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Clint Daywalt, 29, and John Daywalt, 20, both of 7180 Slabtown Road, began arguing over how to use a microwave oven. Clint Daywalt tossed out the oven, then John Daywalt broke a radio, and then Clint Daywalt retrieved a rifle and loaded it, police alleged.

He dropped the gun and left before police arrived, but he was taken into custody at a nearby residence, police said.

Clint Daywalt was charged with making terroristic threats and simple assault, police said.

Man burned in fire released from hospital

A Sharpsburg man who suffered second-degree facial and respiratory burns in a Saturday morning house fire was released Saturday from Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Neil Burker was at home at the rented one-story home at 7124 Dam No. 4 Road with his two children, ages 3 and 5, when the fire began, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire was reported at 10:58 a.m., and apparently originated on a living room sofa when a lamp was knocked onto it. Burker apparently received his injuries when he tried to put out the fire himself.

Woman, 3 children injured in crash

SMITHSBURG - A woman and three children were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Mapleville and Chewsville roads Monday evening.

Maryland State Police Trooper Ronald Coccodrilli said the accident occurred at 6:40 p.m., when Mary Towe, 53, of 22210 Troy Lane in Hagerstown, turned onto Mapleville Road from Chewsville Road. Coccodrilli said Towe turned in to the path of a southbound 2001 Suzuki sport utility vehicle operated by Barbara Lowe, 26, of 11906 Redbud Lane in Hagerstown.

Towe was not injured, but Lowe and three juveniles ages 7, 4 and 1, had minor injuries, Coccodrilli said. He said all four were taken to Washington County Hospital as a precautionary measure.

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